Laura Parisi

Laura Parisi
Associate Professor
Gender Studies
Office: CLE B129

PhD 2004, Political Science, University of Arizona

Area of expertise

Gender, human rights and international development, globalization and international political economy, global governance and gender mainstreaming

Joined UVic Gender Studies in 2005

I am a Political Scientist trained in feminist International Relations with expertise in international human rights, development, political economy and research methods.   I am a past section Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Section (2014).  

One of my current SSHRC sponsored research projects involves community based partners in Victoria (VIDEA), Uganda, Zambia, and Tanzania and focuses on how women’s human rights and development organizations are responding to changes in international development aid landscape.  As a related side-project, I am also analyzing how a basket fair trade cooperative impacts gender equality and women’s empowerment in Senanga, Zambia.

My other SSHRC sponsored research project looks at how women’s human rights and development NGOs interpret and apply the concept of gender mainstreaming.

Research Interests

•    Human Rights
•    International Development
•    International Political Economy and Law
•    Transnational Activism
•    Methodologies

Faces of UVic Research: Laura Parisi

Courses Designed and Taught

GNDR 202 (WS 206) Globalization and Resistance

GNDR 207 (WS 213) Gender, Globalization, and the Love Industry

GNDR 305 (WS 315) Gender and International Human Rights

GNDR 306 (WS 316) Gender and International Development

GNDR 307 (WS 317) Sexuality and the Body in International Development

Selected Publications

Forthcoming (2017). Gender, Power and International Development: A Critical Approach. With Suzanne Bergeron and Sonalini Sapra. Palgrave.

Forthcoming, (2017) “Feminist Political Economy Perspectives on Human Rights” in the Handbook of International Political Economy of Gender. Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts.  Edward Elgar Publishers.

Co-editor of Special Cluster, “Transgressing Borders/Boundaries: Gendering Space and Space.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, Vol. 37, 2015, No.1, pp. 39-105.  (5 articles). Co-edited with Jennifer L. Johnson.  Available at:

“Gender Mainstreaming Human Rights: A Progressive Path for Gender Equality?” in Human Rights: The Hard Questions, edited by Cindy Holder and David Reidy. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 436-457.

“Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in International Governance”  in Feminist Strategies in International Governance, edited by Gülay Caglar, Elisabeth Prügl and Susanne Zwingel. (London and New York: Routledge, 2013), pp. 37-56. Co-authored with Jacqui True.

“Innovating International Relations Pedagogy: Critical Feminist Engagements.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 15.3 2013: 412-425.

“Connecting the Local with the Global: Transnational Feminism and Civic Engagement,” Feminist Teacher, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2013, pp. 214-232. With Lynn Thornton.

“Transnational” in Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, edited by Catherine M. Orr, Ann Braithwaite, and Diane Lichtenstein.(London and New York: Routledge, 2012), pp. 310-327.

“Reclaiming Spaces of Resistance: Women’s Human Rights and Global Restructuring” in Gender and Global Restructuring: Sightings, Sites and Resistances, 2nd ed., edited by Marianne H. Marchand and Anne Sisson Runyan, eds. (London and New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 201-22.


Member of the Board of Directors, Victoria International Development and Education Association (VIDEA). Victoria, BC.